The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 9

Jaws Wired Shut

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2002 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • We learn Homer's likes read to Pie Times.

    • Music featured in this episode
      "Les Preludes" by Liszt

    • When Dr. Hibbert is checking the scan of Homer's head, you can see the crayon in Homer's brain from episode 12-9, "HOMR."

    • Films playing at the Googleplex include: The Final Chapter--A New Beginning, Too Many Premises, Editor-In-Chimp, Wedgie: The Movie, Shenani-Goats!, Chocolate 2: The Vanillaing, Air C.H.U.D., Clone Me an Angel, and Dude, Where's My Pepsi.

  • Quotes

    • (When the donkey gets tired)
      Homer: Ahh, looks like I needs some fuel for me mule, some gas for me ass.

    • (At the demolition derby)
      Marge: Catch ya later, radiator! Oh my God. I hit someone... then I taunted him. I've never felt so alive!

    • (From the set of Afternoon Yak.)
      Barbara Walters-Type: Marge, what was Homer like before he broke his jaw?
      Marge: Well, he would eat all the time. We'd be making love and he'd have a mouthful of Hershey's Miniatures.
      Homer: (Shamefully) Krackle was my favorite.

    • Grampa: Three wars back, we called sauerkraut "Liberty Cabbage." And we called Liberty Cabbage "Super Slaw." And back then a suitcase was known as a "Swedish Lunchbox." 'Course nobody knew that but me... anyway, "long story short" is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling.

    • Marge: A formal! The one place you can wear a tiara and not look crazy.

    • Marge: (to Homer) I am not making you another sparerib smoothie! Most people with their jaws wired shut lose weight!

    • (At the Gay Pride Parade Homer notices the men on the "Fab Abs" float.)
      Homer: Oh, look at those abs! Everyone here has a six-pack and I'm the only one with a keg.

    • Bart: Oh, isn't it great to have the old Dad back?
      Lisa: I thought you liked the new Dad.
      Bart: Whatever.

    • (After a bad day at school.)
      Lisa: We were playing Four Square, and I called no double-taps, and Ralph double-taps, and I said, "You're out," and he said, (Imitating Ralph) "I can do a somersault," which has nothing to do with anything!
      Homer's Brain: Aww... maybe a hug will cork her cry-hole.

    • Bart: Hey, Dad, I'm going to make a human yo-yo. If you object, clearly say, "No."
      (Homer mumbles "No.")
      Bart: No objections, eh? That's great.
      (While Homer mumbles angrily, Bart walks over to Milhouse, who is wearing padding and a helmet.)
      Bart: Milhouse, are you ready to imitate that Jackass show?
      Milhouse: All those disclaimers make me want to do it more!

    • Dr. Hibbert: He won't be able to talk for quite some time. I've wired his jaw shut. It's all explained in this pamphlet. (Hands a pamphlet to Marge)
      Marge: (Reading) "So, your life is ruined."

    • Usher #1: They're out of control!
      Usher #2: Well, if we wanted to live forever, we wouldn't have become ushers.

    • (At the movie theater.)
      Homer: (Muttering under his breath) So many previews, so many previews, so many previews--
      Announcer: And now, our feature presentation.
      (Homer gasps)
      Announcer: If that's a phrase you like to hear, then you'll love Movie Call!
      (Homer screams)

    • (More at the movie theater. A word scramble game appears on the movie screen with a silhouette and the words MOT HANKS.)
      Lisa: These are so easy. It's obviously Tom Hanks.
      (The answer appears on the movie screen: OTM SHANK)
      Lisa: Who?
      Apu: Otm Shank. He is India's answer to Brian Dennehy.

    • (At the Gay Pride Parade)
      Male Marchers: We're here, we're queer, get used to it!
      Lisa: You do this every year! We are used to it.
      Male Marcher: Spoilsport!

    • Bart: So the substitute teacher comes in and says her name is Mrs. Doody. And everyone's looking at me like "take it, Bart, run with it!" And it hits me--I've become a clown... a class clown. And it sickens me!
      Homer's Brain: Wow, Bart has feelings. (Laughs) Mrs. Doody!

    • Moe: Ah, you must be here for the, uh, Duff Trivia Challenge.
      Duffman: That's right, local distributor! One of you could win a lifetime's supply of Duff! Okay, chug monkeys! What beverage, brewed since ancient times, is made from hops and grains?
      Lenny: How about "Ancient Hop Grain Juice"?
      (Homer realizes the answer and incoherently tries to say "Beer, beer, beer!")
      Moe: Wait, wait, wait! Homer's trying to make a guess.
      Homer: (Frantically) Brr, brr, brr!
      (Homer turns the beer tap on and points at it.)
      Moe: What are you doing? You're gettin' some kind of booze all over me.
      (Homer cries)
      Duffman: (Blows air horn) Time's up, the answer is... Beer! Ooh, duff luck!
      Carl: I never would have figured that out.
      Lenny: That's the kinda thing you just gotta know.
      (Homer cries some more)

    • (Heard from inside the "Stayin' in the Closet" float at the Gay Pride Parade.)
      Smithers: We're gay, we're glad.
      Patty: But don't tell Mom and Dad!

    • Duffman: Hey, Duff lovers! Does anyone in this bar love Duff?
      Carl: Hey, it's Duffman!
      Lenny: Newsweek said you died of liver failure.
      Duffman: Duffman can never die, only the actors who play him! Oh yeahhh!

    • Marge: This has been one of the most magical evenings of my life.
      Homer: (Mumbling) I'm horny.
      Marge: I don't know what you said, but I'm sure it was beautiful.

    • Homer: (Shouting) Stop the madness! Start the movie!
      Lisa: Maybe we should calm Dad down.
      Bart: I prefer to egg him on. Hey, Dad, has the movie started yet?
      (Homer yells and screams)

    • Homer: Marge I'd stand here and argue with you, but then I'd have to pour myself a new glass of milk.

    • (On the set of Afternoon Yak.)
      Barbara Walters-Type: Our next topic: "My son still wets the bed."
      (Milhouse and Luann Van Houten enter the set.)
      Milhouse: You told me we were going to Red Lobster!

  • Notes

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "To Kill a Talking Bird" Itchy and Scratchy star in a public service announcement before at the movie theater. They team up together to stop an annoying duck who won't quit talking on his cell phone during a movie. Itchy replaces the duck's phone with a stick of dynamite and blows the duck to smithereens. Itchy then slices open Scratchy, pulls out his intestines and throws them at the screen and they spell, "Please No Talking."

    • This episode was nominated for the 2003 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family room appears on screen in black and white with an old-timey feel. Homer enters acting like Charlie Chaplin of silent film era fame and the rest of the family enters in period piece clothing and take their places on the couch.

  • Allusions

    • Pie Times
      This is a clearly spoof of High Times, a New York based magazine promoting marijuana. The picture shows a hipper eating a pie.

    • Popeye
      The scenes where Homer drinks a beer and becomes powerful while Marge yells for help are allusions to the popular comic and cartoon Popeye.

    • To Kill a Mockingbird
      The title of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, "To Kill a Talking Bird," is a play on the title of the 1960 Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

    • Mike Tyson
      Drederick Tatum's line, "Litter is my most treacherous fault. I would like to eat his children," parodies Mike Tyson's infamous pre-fight line about Lennox Lewis, "I want to eat his children!"

    • Eyes Wide Shut
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut directed by the late Stanley Kubrick and starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.